A view over the flooded rice fields of Bario town in Sarawak, Malaysia. Rice is the region's staple crop and, until recently, Bario rice had an official Slow Food designation.

A view over the flooded rice fields of Bario town in Sarawak, Malaysia. Rice is the region's staple crop and, until recently, Bario rice had an official Slow Food designation.

 Sina Anid Bala collects wild ferns and herbs in the jungles near Bario. Wild foods gathered from the surrounding jungles make up a large portion of food eaten by people in the Kelabit Highlands.

Sina Anid Bala collects wild ferns and herbs in the jungles near Bario. Wild foods gathered from the surrounding jungles make up a large portion of food eaten by people in the Kelabit Highlands.

 Steamed rice, pineapple and passion fruit served for breakfast at the Jungle Blues Guesthouse in Bario.

Steamed rice, pineapple and passion fruit served for breakfast at the Jungle Blues Guesthouse in Bario.

 Villagers leave a skittish water buffalo in a field in the middle of Pa Lungan village so it will get used to people and can eventually be put to work in the field.

Villagers leave a skittish water buffalo in a field in the middle of Pa Lungan village so it will get used to people and can eventually be put to work in the field.

 The Parill family tend to different activities in the great room of the Bario Asal longhouse: grandfather eating, mother and daughter cleaning food and young son playing games on a cell phone.   

The Parill family tend to different activities in the great room of the Bario Asal longhouse: grandfather eating, mother and daughter cleaning food and young son playing games on a cell phone.

 

 Boys play soccer in an empty great hallway of the Bario Asal longhouse in Bario. The hallway, with doors to individual family apartments, is more and 100 meters long.

Boys play soccer in an empty great hallway of the Bario Asal longhouse in Bario. The hallway, with doors to individual family apartments, is more and 100 meters long.

 Uun Paran sits next to a Chinese "dragon jar" in his home in Pa Lungan. For centuries, Kelabit people used jars like this to store rice wine and - with their tops lopped off and then reattached - as burial jars. They were also a symbol of a family's wealth and status.

Uun Paran sits next to a Chinese "dragon jar" in his home in Pa Lungan. For centuries, Kelabit people used jars like this to store rice wine and - with their tops lopped off and then reattached - as burial jars. They were also a symbol of a family's wealth and status.

 A hunting dog sniffs around old stone burial jars at Menatoh Long Diit, an archaeological site of six large stone slabs and 17 moss-covered stone jars, in the Kelabit Highlands.

A hunting dog sniffs around old stone burial jars at Menatoh Long Diit, an archaeological site of six large stone slabs and 17 moss-covered stone jars, in the Kelabit Highlands.

 During a break in chopping firewood, Litah Ayo's hands show the decades of hard work he has put in carving a living out of the jungles around Pa Lungan.

During a break in chopping firewood, Litah Ayo's hands show the decades of hard work he has put in carving a living out of the jungles around Pa Lungan.

 Moriaty Udan prepares rice packed in jungle leaves in her kitchen in Pa Lungan. Such rice packets are a traditional food in the region.

Moriaty Udan prepares rice packed in jungle leaves in her kitchen in Pa Lungan. Such rice packets are a traditional food in the region.

 Portrait of local guide Walter Paran near Pa Lungan.

Portrait of local guide Walter Paran near Pa Lungan.

 Walter Paran takes a drink of water atop a hill overlooking Pa Lungan village deep in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, Malaysia. The cross is a recent addition, and a reflection of the local christian culture, as opposed to the majority Islam of Malaysia.   

Walter Paran takes a drink of water atop a hill overlooking Pa Lungan village deep in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, Malaysia. The cross is a recent addition, and a reflection of the local christian culture, as opposed to the majority Islam of Malaysia.

 

 View of the relatively new logging road that cuts through the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, Malaysia. It was built by the Samling Global logging company to facilitate logging in the region.

View of the relatively new logging road that cuts through the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, Malaysia. It was built by the Samling Global logging company to facilitate logging in the region.

 A view over the flooded rice fields of Bario town in Sarawak, Malaysia. Rice is the region's staple crop and, until recently, Bario rice had an official Slow Food designation.
 Sina Anid Bala collects wild ferns and herbs in the jungles near Bario. Wild foods gathered from the surrounding jungles make up a large portion of food eaten by people in the Kelabit Highlands.
 Steamed rice, pineapple and passion fruit served for breakfast at the Jungle Blues Guesthouse in Bario.
 Villagers leave a skittish water buffalo in a field in the middle of Pa Lungan village so it will get used to people and can eventually be put to work in the field.
 The Parill family tend to different activities in the great room of the Bario Asal longhouse: grandfather eating, mother and daughter cleaning food and young son playing games on a cell phone.   
 Boys play soccer in an empty great hallway of the Bario Asal longhouse in Bario. The hallway, with doors to individual family apartments, is more and 100 meters long.
 Uun Paran sits next to a Chinese "dragon jar" in his home in Pa Lungan. For centuries, Kelabit people used jars like this to store rice wine and - with their tops lopped off and then reattached - as burial jars. They were also a symbol of a family's wealth and status.
 A hunting dog sniffs around old stone burial jars at Menatoh Long Diit, an archaeological site of six large stone slabs and 17 moss-covered stone jars, in the Kelabit Highlands.
 During a break in chopping firewood, Litah Ayo's hands show the decades of hard work he has put in carving a living out of the jungles around Pa Lungan.
 Moriaty Udan prepares rice packed in jungle leaves in her kitchen in Pa Lungan. Such rice packets are a traditional food in the region.
 Portrait of local guide Walter Paran near Pa Lungan.
 Walter Paran takes a drink of water atop a hill overlooking Pa Lungan village deep in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, Malaysia. The cross is a recent addition, and a reflection of the local christian culture, as opposed to the majority Islam of Malaysia.   
 View of the relatively new logging road that cuts through the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, Malaysia. It was built by the Samling Global logging company to facilitate logging in the region.

A view over the flooded rice fields of Bario town in Sarawak, Malaysia. Rice is the region's staple crop and, until recently, Bario rice had an official Slow Food designation.

Sina Anid Bala collects wild ferns and herbs in the jungles near Bario. Wild foods gathered from the surrounding jungles make up a large portion of food eaten by people in the Kelabit Highlands.

Steamed rice, pineapple and passion fruit served for breakfast at the Jungle Blues Guesthouse in Bario.

Villagers leave a skittish water buffalo in a field in the middle of Pa Lungan village so it will get used to people and can eventually be put to work in the field.

The Parill family tend to different activities in the great room of the Bario Asal longhouse: grandfather eating, mother and daughter cleaning food and young son playing games on a cell phone.

 

Boys play soccer in an empty great hallway of the Bario Asal longhouse in Bario. The hallway, with doors to individual family apartments, is more and 100 meters long.

Uun Paran sits next to a Chinese "dragon jar" in his home in Pa Lungan. For centuries, Kelabit people used jars like this to store rice wine and - with their tops lopped off and then reattached - as burial jars. They were also a symbol of a family's wealth and status.

A hunting dog sniffs around old stone burial jars at Menatoh Long Diit, an archaeological site of six large stone slabs and 17 moss-covered stone jars, in the Kelabit Highlands.

During a break in chopping firewood, Litah Ayo's hands show the decades of hard work he has put in carving a living out of the jungles around Pa Lungan.

Moriaty Udan prepares rice packed in jungle leaves in her kitchen in Pa Lungan. Such rice packets are a traditional food in the region.

Portrait of local guide Walter Paran near Pa Lungan.

Walter Paran takes a drink of water atop a hill overlooking Pa Lungan village deep in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, Malaysia. The cross is a recent addition, and a reflection of the local christian culture, as opposed to the majority Islam of Malaysia.

 

View of the relatively new logging road that cuts through the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, Malaysia. It was built by the Samling Global logging company to facilitate logging in the region.

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